Tuesday 16 January 2018

Problems pile up for Poles for Euro date as star winger is dropped

POLAND's plans for their Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin later this month have hit another problem as key man Jakub Blaszczykowski is out of the game due to an ongoing row with his manager.

Polish coach Adam Nawalka was already faced with a dilemma in defence as first-choice right back Lukasz Piszczek is definitely out after he picked up an injury while on Champions League duty for Borussia Dortmund against Juventus last month.

And he also has an issue in goal, as Wojciech Szczesny's lack of Premier League football with Arsenal should mean that Bournemouth's Artur Boruc will get the nod in goal ahead of the Gunners man, who had a rare run-out in last night's FA Cup win over Manchester United.

And now it's been confirmed that Piszczek's Borussia team-mate Blaszczykowski will watch the March 29th game in Dublin on TV after being told by Nawalka that he would not make the squad.

Nawalka had a meeting with the winger in Germany last week and told Blaszczykowski that he was not required as he had concerns over the winger's "readiness" for the Ireland game.

Blaszczykowski's last game for the national team was the friendly against Ireland in Poznan 16 months ago, Martin O'Neill's second game in charge of the Republic, as he fell out with boss Nawalka after he decided to replace him as captain with Robert Lewandowski.

Often linked with a move to the Premier League, Blaszczykowski has scored 14 goals in 68 games for Poland.

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